English KS2 & KS3: Punctuation in story-writing - inverted commas, full stops and question marks

Presenter Radzi and a group of children visit Manchester Central Library to learn how to identify correct punctuation (inverted commas, full stops, question marks) in a paragraph of a story.

Author Michael Rosen reads an excerpt from a book and explains how important punctuation is.

The children are set a task involving punctuating direct speech in a paragraph.

The task is presented as speech bubbles and a paragraph, and errors are corrected.

This short film is from the BBC series, Punctuation Rules.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as an introduction to writing dialogue in a narrative.

You could create similar based tasks with speech bubbles for pupils to convert into paragraphs, or pupils could read a paragraph and pull out the examples of dialogue to insert into speech bubbles.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching English language and literacy at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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